BLACK ONYX – Sterling
Black Onyx (No. 12) walked the shedrow at Barn 41 a day after clockers
caught the Spiral (Grade III) winner in 1:25 for six furlongs in a strong
/ OVERANALYZE / PALACE MALICE / REVOLUTIONARY / VERRAZANO
/ WINNING CAUSE – Another busy morning at the Todd Pletcher barn
at Churchill Downs was highlighted by works by undefeated Wood Memorial (GI)
winner Verrazano (No. 2) and Louisiana Derby (GII) winner Revolutionary
(No. 6), who both worked on the fast main track following the morning
renovation break Sunday at 8:30 a.m.
with La Troienne Presented by Steelcase and ORI (GII) contender Authenticity,
Verrazano breezed five furlongs in 1:00.20 and recorded fractions of :13,
:25.20 and :36.80 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:13.20, seven furlongs in
1:26.80 and a mile in 1:41.60. Guided in the work by Gary Stevens,
Verrazano started one length back behind the workmate and they finished
wanted a good, solid five-furlong breeze and we wanted to sit him behind
another horse and have him sit back and relax for a little bit,” Pletcher said.
“We also wanted to have him finish up good and gallop out strong. He
accomplished all that. I thought he went great and he seemed to get over the
track well. We liked what we saw.”
Michael Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier and Derrick Smith’s
Verrazano’s five-eighths time was the third fastest of 40 at the distance. He
is scheduled to work again at Churchill Downs next Sunday, April 28.
on the inside of recent first-level allowance winner Red Rifle,
Revolutionary breezed four furlongs in :48.80 and recorded fractions of :12.60,
:24.80 and :37 and galloped out five furlongs in 1:01.20 and six furlongs in
1:15.20. Calvin Borel was in the irons for the work, which ranked 22 of
81 at the distance, and will be aboard Revolutionary on the First Saturday in
wanted to get Calvin familiar with him because it’s the first time he’s been on
him,” Pletcher said. “We were looking for a little less from him. He went a
good half and finished up well. I love the way he galloped out and Calvin was
really happy with him. So, we accomplished what we wanted to do with him as
did everything right and worked really well,” Borel said. “I think this colt
has the potential (to win the Derby). He’s a nice horse and he’s been through
everything you want a Derby horse to go through.”
Revolutionary is scheduled to work at Churchill Downs next Sunday.
Derby (GI) winner Overanalyze (No. 5), Blue Grass (GI) runner-up Palace
Malice (No. 13) and Blue Grass third Charming Kitten (No. 21) all
galloped about 1 3/8 miles following the morning renovation break at Churchill
Downs. Overanalyze was under Obed Perez, Palace Malice was guided by Jake
Nelson and Humberto Zamora was aboard Charming Kitten. All three are
scheduled to breeze over the Louisville oval next Sunday.
jumped to No. 22 on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by
TwinSpires.com” Leaderboard (Editor’s Note: Winning Cause is No. 22 because No.
20 Den’s Legacy was added back on the list Sunday because a Derby run
hasn’t been ruled out) following his victory in Saturday’s Lexington (GIII), a
Wild Card race worth 20 points to the winner. Following that score, Winning
Cause vanned back to Churchill Downs and was in good order Sunday morning.
next race for Winning Cause has not been determined; however, Pletcher has not
ruled out the Kentucky Derby and said he will need to discuss plans with owner Gil
Moutray’s of Alto Racing LLC.
Cause could be the sixth Derby starter for Pletcher, who currently trains five
horses ranked in the Top 20 on the Leaderboard. Three trainers have saddled a
record five starters in the Kentucky Derby: Pletcher (2007), Nick Zito
(2005) and D. Wayne Lukas (1996). No trainer has saddled six.
WEST/GOVENOR CHARLIE/POWER BROKER – Mike Pegram’s record-setting
Sunland Derby (GIII) winner Govenor Charlie (No. 11) jogged early Sunday
morning under exercise rider Jorge Alvarez.
in trainer Bob Baffert’s barn here are Code West (No. 23) and Power
Broker (No. 26), both owned by Gary and Mary West. Both
horses galloped under Alvarez and are penciled in to work Monday according to Peter
Hutton, assistant to Baffert.
Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman reported Sunday
that Super Ninety Nine (No. 18) and Den’s Legacy (No. 20) would
work Wednesday at Santa Anita to determine whether or not they’d board a
Thursday flight to Louisville.
After Sam F. Davis (GIII) winner Falling Sky (No. 19) finished fourth in
the Arkansas Derby (GI), his connections were uncertain about running the bay
son of Lion Heart in the “Run for the Roses,” but trainer John Terranova
confirmed Sunday that Falling Sky “is a go” for Kentucky Derby 139.
was up to the owners,” Terranova said. “Right now, they are happy to point to
the Derby as long as everything is going well with the horse and right now he’s
James Covello and Joseph Bulger’s Falling Sky, who galloped
beneath the Twin Spires under exercise rider Cassie Garcea on Sunday, is
no stranger to the Churchill Downs surface. Prior to the Arkansas Derby,
Falling Sky breezed a bullet five furlongs in :59.60 over the fast Louisville
worked fantastic over the Churchill surface and takes to the track
beautifully,” Terranova said. “He’ll breeze next weekend on Saturday or Sunday,
depending on the weather. As long as he breezes like we want him to breeze,
then we’ll stay on target for the Derby.”
Luis Saez will have the Kentucky Derby mount.
DADDY/JAVA’S WAR –
Magic City Thoroughbred Partners’ Frac Daddy (No. 15), runner-up
in the Arkansas Derby (GI) in his most recent start, and Charles Fipke’s
Java’s War (No. 4), winner of the Toyota Blue Grass (GI), had regularly
scheduled walk days at trainer Ken McPeek’s barn according to assistant Phil
Charles Fipke’s Golden Soul (No. 25) galloped before the
renovation break under exercise rider Emerson Chavez for trainer Dallas
MYLUTE – Louisiana Derby
(GII) runner-up Mylute (No. 16) recorded his third work at Churchill
Downs since arriving in Louisville on April 2 and breezed four furlongs Sunday
in :47.80 for trainer Tom Amoss.
on the fast main track at 6 a.m. under jockey Rosie Napravnik, Mylute
recorded fractions of :12.20, :24.20 and :36.20 and galloped out five furlongs
in 1:01.60. The half-mile time was the second fastest of 81 at the distance
Sunday. Amoss was surprised with how quickly Mylute worked.
went right when the track opened and it was very fast. It was very fast, but
very safe. He’s usually not that into it, to be quite honest with you, when
he’s by himself. But he was never asked and I know it was a work that Rosie was
impressed with. So, I don’t think (the quick work) is an indication that he’s
gotten overly aggressive, I think it’s an indication that he’s enjoying his
work and coming into the race the right way.”
and Whisper Hill Farm’s Mylute is scheduled to work another half-mile at
Churchill Downs next Sunday on April 28.
Fox Hill Farms’ Normandy Invasion (No. 14) had the first of his
two scheduled works leading up to Kentucky Derby 139 on Sunday morning,
covering a half-mile in :48.40 over a fast track under exercise rider Javier
Herrera for trainer Chad Brown.
on his own after the renovation break, Normandy Invasion posted fractions of
:11.80, :23.40 and galloped out five furlongs in 1:01.60. The move was the
seventh fastest of 81 at the distance.
am very happy with the work,” Brown said. “I wanted him to go in about :48. It
was basically a maintenance move. He has had a nice week of gallops here and he
is plenty fit and I just want to maintain what we have.”
to Verrazano in the Wood Memorial in his most recent start, Normandy
Invasion is scheduled to work again next Sunday, weather permitting.
Brown has not determined whether Herrera or jockey Javier Castellano
would be aboard for that move.
who has not had a Kentucky Derby starter, is pleased with the progress Normandy
Invasion has made this year.
like that he is fresh coming into the race and he has proven he can overcome
difficult trips,” Brown said. “He has gotten sharper as the year has gone on
and today you saw part of that when he broke off a little sharper than he has
Invasion arrived at Churchill Downs last Sunday, April 14, and will have nearly
three weeks of preparation over the track before the Derby.
little time I was at Churchill Downs before with Bobby Frankel, I
observed other trainers to see what worked for them here,” Brown said of coming
in early. “I am going to give him every chance to be successful.”
TAKE CHARGE –
Willis Horton’s Will Take Charge (No. 9) continued his
preparations for Kentucky Derby 139 by working a mile in 1:41.60 after the
morning renovation break under jockey Jon Court.
of the Rebel (GII) in his most recent start, Will Take Charge joined stablemate
Channel Isle at the 5 ½-furlong pole and finished well in front while
posting fractions of :13.60, :26, :38.60, :51, 1:03.80, 1:16.80 and 1:29.40
with a 1:56.20 gallop-out time for 1 1/8 miles.
work went very well, it was good,” said four-time Kentucky Derby-winning
trainer D. Wayne Lukas said. “I was pleased. I told Jon coming off the
track that this horse could cost me a lot of sleepless nights because I am
getting excited. He wasn’t blowing at all when he came off the track.”
will be sending Will Take Charge into the Derby off a seven-week layoff.
worked him a mile the last time and I might do six or seven (furlongs) next
week,” Lukas said. “He is 17 hands, like a big, gangly kid. I gave him a light
month to give him some time to fill out.”
Oxbow (No. 17), who is scheduled to work Monday with Gary Stevens up,
galloped 1 ½ miles under exercise rider Rudy Quevedo when the track
opened for training.
is entirely different from Will Take Charge,” Lukas said. “He shows up every
day and tomorrow will probably do more than we like as he does every morning.”
compares the buildup to the Derby with the NCAA basketball tournament.
the tournament, you have teams coming from different conferences and for the
Derby, you weigh which races were stronger … are the Florida horses better … is
it a down year for the California horses,” Lukas said. “But this is a great
time and it keeps us young.”
with the recently completed NCAA tournament that was won by Louisville, who
does Lukas feel the hoops equivalents are to his Derby hopefuls?
would be (Final Four participant) Wichita State,” Lukas said. “Will Take Charge
would be (Final Four participant) Syracuse. Capable of getting it done, but
sometimes the matchup zone didn’t work.”
Pick Six Racing’s Vyjack (No. 8), third in the Wood Memorial (GI)
in his most recent start, passed through the Churchill Downs stable gate at
4:10 a.m. Sunday after vanning from Fair Hill, Md.
had a good van ride, no problems,” trainer Rudy Rodriguez said. “He will
just walk the shedrow this morning and probably go to the track tomorrow. We
usually go out early at home in New York.”